cycling news / Heavy crash leads to broken finger for Aksel Nõmmela

The third stage in the Flèche du Sud (LUX – UCI 2.2) has been cancelled after a big crash of about 35 riders. Many ambulances were called up and even air medical services were deployed. The organization decided to continue the race in a neutralized form to the finish.

The crash happened after already 10 kilometers in the stage between Redange and Warken. As the bunch was passing a very fast downhill section – with speeds up to 70 kilometers per hour – there were some movements in a long left corner when the peloton suddenly came to a hold from the middle of the pack. Many riders got hurt, of which several were heavily wounded.

From Leopard Pro Cycling only Askel Nõmmela was involved. As his hand and finger were a bit swollen, the team decided to take the Estonian to the hospital for a check-up. There the medical team diagnosized a broken fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand. Aksel will undergo surgery directly this evening.

As this crash involves all teams participating in the Flèche du Sud, Leopard Pro Cycling hopes everyone is well and will recover soon. At this point the conditions of everyone involved – from the riders with minor injuries to those with serious damage – are far more important than the cycling race.

Stages 1 & 2
The Flèche du Sud started last Thursday with an evening criterium around Kayl. After 76,8 really fast and hectic kilometers the stage ended up in a mass sprint finish. In this bunch sprint, our Portuguese Fábio Silvestre sprinted to third place after Coen Vermeltfoort (Join’S-De Rijke) and Brenton Jones (Drapac).

Yesterday was an unpredictable stage with a fast pace in the first kilometers. Four riders went away and with the tailwind they had, they managed to finish well over one minute before the peloton. From this group Raphael Freienstein (Kuota-Lotto) was the fastest. After two stages, Jan Brockhoff leads in the young riders classification.